Do you get enough B12 in your diet? It’s quite likely that you don’t… and most people who are low in B12 don’t even realise. B12 deficiency can cause some serious problems, so if you feel that your B12 might be lacking, it’s important that you take action. The most effective way to boost your B12 is through IV (intravenous) therapy – book your B12 IV therapy now.
The following information is adapted from webmd.com.
What is B12?
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin. plays a major role in the normal functioning of our brain and nervous system, and is a key component in the formation of red blood cells. Essential B Vitamins, like Vitamin B12, assist in cell growth and development and aid the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and alcohol in the body. B Vitamins are essential for a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system. Vitamin B12 also helps to increase energy levels, enhance weight loss, boost the immune system and increase alertness. The downside of B12 is that your body doesn’t naturally produce it – you can only get it from outside sources like animal-based foods or supplements.
Causes of B12 deficiency
B12 deficiency is very common in people who have:
- Atrophic Gastritis (in which the stomach lining has thinned)
- Pernicious Anemia (which makes it hard for the body to absorb B12)
- Had surgery that removed part of the stomach or small intestine, including weight loss surgery
- Conditions affecting the small intestine, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, bacterial growth or a parasite
- Issues with heavy drinking
- Immune system disorders such as Graves disease or lupus
- Used acid-reducing drugs in the long term (stomach acids help to break down the animal proteins that contain B12)
- Vegetarian or vegan diets
Symptoms of B12 deficiency
The following symptoms are common in people who are deficient in vitamin B12:
- Weakness, tiredness or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Constipation, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, gas
- Nerve problems like numbness and tingling, muscle weakness, problems walking
- Loss of vision
- Pale skin
- Smooth tongue
- Mental problems like depression, memory loss and behavioural changes
Treatment for B12 deficiency
If you think you have symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, ask your doctor for a blood test and then discuss the results. If you are found to have low B12, IV therapy is the most effective way to restore and maintain your B12 levels (why? Because IV therapy absorbs vitamins directly into the bloodstream). Additionally, you should also make sure that your diet contains B12, so be sure to eat sufficiency meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs or B12 fortified grains.
Before we administer B12 injections, our clients undergo a thorough consultation to ensure that B12 injections are right for them. During this consultation we explain the benefits of the therapy, advise of any potential risks involved and give our clients the opportunity to ask any questions.
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